Growing marijuana for personal use or for medical use could be challenging task and usually a new grower would experiment. He might grow a few seeds in a party cup or a small container just to see if it grows. But as soon as it does, there is already one huge problem. How do you transplant weed plants to bigger container? Is there a good time to transfer your plants into a bigger pot at all?
When to transplant weed plants to bigger container?
The thing is, YOU SHOULD NOT PLANT MARIJUANA ON A SMALL CUP. Plant clones and seeds directly in a large pot where they will grow until it’s time for harvest. But when do you transplant? As soon as your seedlings grow into healthy plants. How to tell if your young plants can take it?
- As soon as you see strong stems this is a good time to transplant. Good, strong stems means that the plant has grown good roots so it can already withstand the stress of the move.
- When you notice that it grows new leaves every day. Marijuana grows fast in perfect conditions and if it grows new seeds each day, you can now transplant your plants to a bigger pot.
- Check plant leaves; there must be no warping, folding and discoloration. Look on the underside of the leaves, there must be no insects or bites which could be caused by insects. Your plant should be treated first before you can transplant it to a bigger container.
- Check for signs of root lock. Root lock is when roots of your plants grow thick and big and almost occupying every inch of space inside the pot. You can see this clearly when you plant your marijuana plants inside a see through party cup; otherwise you will only be able to see roots peeping through the soil. BEFORE this happens, you must transplant.
How to transplant weed plants to bigger container?
Before you transplant, take note that doing this is a huge thing for your plants. Transplanting is stress to plants; even touching its roots will add a week from its expected harvest time. Therefore you must never plant it in a small container. Here are steps to do this.
- Pick the plants that you will transplant
Now that you know when your plants can be transplanted, pick the plants that you think would be a good candidate for transplanting. Make sure to check everything to avoid anything that can affect your plant’s health in the long run. Once you have decided which plant you want to transplant, do not water this yet so that it can be swiftly removed from the small cup.
- Ready your materials and tools
You only need a few basic materials and tools. Take note that the actual transplanting has to happen in just a few minutes to reduce stress to your plants. All your materials should be ready.
- A large pot, a 5 gallon pot with holes for water run off would do
- Growing medium or soil; you can use similar soil to the one it has inside the small pot or you can use perfect organic soil. The reason why this is perfect? This is soil with the ideal pH and with organic nutrients that your young plants need to grow. You will be able to purchase organic soil from garden shops.
- Tap water to water your soil and plant after it has been transplanted
- Small spade or any tool to put soil in the big pot
- Ready your big pot
Your big pot should have a hole for excess water to run off. It should also be large enough to hold a mature plant. You can make an estimate of the height and root density of your plant by checking out its mature stats online.
Fill your large pot with soil. Now with the use of the spade, remove soil from the middle of the pot to make room for the new plant. Keep the soil that you removed, you will need this when your plant is already in the new larger pot.
Water your soil. It has to be soaked; let excess water runoff from the hole at the bottom. After there is no more water coming out from the hole, set the pot with soil aside to dry it till it’s a little damp. You can tell that the soil is damp by holding it.
- Carefully remove the plant from the small cup
Now this is tricky part. Hold the cup with one hand; carefully support the plant. The other hand should carefully “massage” the outer part of the cup to loosen the soil along the ribbed portion of the cup.
Move slowly as you massage all around the cup’s sides. You can tell that the soil is loose when the plant feels easy to slide out.
- Transfer the plant inside the big pot
Hold the plant well as you invert the cup to take it out. Move the cup slowly from the plant to reveal the roots. Again, do not touch the roots! Touching it can stress your plants a lot.
- Place the newly transplanted plant in your grow room
Now it’s time to place the plant in its new home. Carefully place it in the middle of the large pot without touching its roots of course. After it has been placed in the large pot, get the excess soil in the pot to stabilize the plant. Make sure to keep the soil level; it must still give room for the plant’s leaves to stretch.
As soon as the plant is settled, water it completely. Make sure that water runs off from the pot hole before you place it inside your grow room or outside. Apply lighting according to its requirements. Some strains require lighting for 24/0 while some may only need 12/12. Make sure you apply the right light cycle to let your plants recuperate and grow healthy and strong.